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Williams, Richard Henry, 1852-1924

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  • 1852-1924

Richard Henry Williams was born on June 13, 1852 in Toronto. After leaving school, he initially worked on his family farm located in Simcoe County and then at a lumber mill. He moved west arriving in St. Boniface on April 1, 1881 and then continued to Regina by 1882. Upon his arrival, Williams worked construction, but subsequently established several business including in 1888 Glasgow House (an early department store) and in 1891 Regina Lumber and Supply Company. Williams served as mayor of Regina from 1891 to 1892 and 1909 to 1910, and he also acted as chair of the Regina General Hospital from 1915 to 1921.

R. H. Williams died in Regina on August 25, 1924.

Wright, Cliff, 1927-2014

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  • 1927-2014

Clifford Emerson Wright was born on September 21, 1927 to Sam and Ada Wright of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His early education was at Albert and Victoria Schools, before attending Nutana Collegiate high school, whereupon he studied engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, but left prior to graduating. After leaving university, Wright became an apprentice carpenter with Smith Brothers and Wilson, with whom he would rise to become Saskatchewan Manager and Vice President in 1970. In 1987 he bought the Saskatchewan assets of the firm and established the company Wright Construction. In addition to this private enterprise, Wright became involved in local politics and served on Saskatoon City Council from 1967 until 1976, when he was elected mayor. He would serve as Saskatoon's mayor four consecutive terms until his retirement in 1988. In addition, at various time he was member (1965-1976) and chair (1969-1976) of the University Hospital Board, chair of the Saskatchewan Potash Corporation (1983), president of the Saskatchewan Futures Corporation (1988), and chair of the Saskatoon District Health Board (1992-1995). Of note Wright also served as Treaty Land Entitlement Commissioner from 1989-1993, during which he worked worked the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, federal and provincial governments to settle land claims for twenty-five (25) First Nations in Saskatchewan. Wright also found time to be involved with organizations such as the YMCA and YWCA, Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Cosmopolitan Industries, Parenting Incorporated, the United Way, and Big Brothers.

During his life he received honours such as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1988); CFQC Citizen of the Year (1988); Canada 125 Medal (1992); Officer of the Order of Canada (1998); Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1999); and Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2005).

Wright died in Saskatoon, on December 9, 2014.

Wright married his wife Betty Dye in 1951 and together had four children (sons Lorne, Jack, Don, and daughter Nancy).

Lewry, Louis (Scoop), 1919-1992

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  • 1919-1992

Louis Harrington Lewry was born April 16, 1919 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Phillip E. and Mary Louisa Lewry, with three brothers and one sister. After completing his elementary and high school education in Moose Jaw (at King George School and Central Collegiate, respectively) Lewry took a job with local radio station CHAB in 1938. At the same time as his work with CHAB, from 1946 to 1949 he was employed with the Regina Leader - Post news bureau. Lewry would also write a weekly column in the paper the Western Spotlight and worked for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. During this time, a colleague at CHAB the moniker "Scoop."

Lewry began his political career by serving as an alderman / councilor for Moose Jaw from 1948 and 1949, followed by his initial term as mayor from 1950 to 1956. He next served as Member of Parliament for Moose Jaw Lake Centre (under the banner of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, CCF, party) from June 10, 1957 to March 30, 1958. From 1958 to 1964, Lewry fulfilled an appointed to the Local Government Board, the overseer of municipal government 1964. Lewry re-entered municipal politics and would serve as mayor of Moose Jaw from 1965 to 1970 and then again from 1983 until his retirement in October 1988. After losing the mayoral race in 1970, he briefly became an inspector with the Liquor License Commission, followed by a return to the Local Government Board until 1982.

Lewry was a member of and served on numerous local committees and boards. He was a charter member of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club, a charter member and president of the Wild Animal Park Society, he served on the Celebrate Saskatchewan Committee, Canada Day Committee, Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Numismatic Association, the Canadian Wooden Money Society and director of The Moose Jaw Thing, a society to promote the name of Moose Jaw. He was also president of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (1956-1957), a public school trustee (1966-1971, and chair 1969 to 1971).

In recognition of his long and distinguished career in public service through his time in the media, as well as civic politics, Member of Parliament and member of the Saskatchewan Local Government Board, Lewry was invested as a member of the Order of Canada on October 15, 1980. Also in 1980, Lewry was also awarded the City of Moose Jaw Medal of Merit.

Lewry married Jean Rosalthe Munroe on December 18, 1942 and together they had five (5) children, thirteen (13) grandchildren, and seven (7) great grandchildren. He passed away on February 24, 1992 in Moose Jaw.